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The Maine Woods

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1864 Posthumous publication of Henry David Thoreau’s The Maine Woods, in which Thoreau called for the establishment of “national preserves” of virgin forest.

George Perkins Marsh

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1847 George Perkins Marsh gave a speech to the Agricultural Society of Rutland County, Vermont. He called attention to the destructive impact of human activity on the land, especially through deforestation. He advocated a conservationist approach to the management of forested lands. The speech was published in 1847. It became the basis … Read More

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